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The wicked witch Grimelda has cursed the wizard Akata and imprisoned him in a magic book. As you are brave adventurers, you venture into the magic labyrinth to free the wizard – but you cannot do this without the help of its inhabitants. Visit the inhabitants and bring them certain items. You will receive coveted magic stones as a reward! The first player to fill his magic key with the magic stones and return to his starting field wins. But beware! Danger lurks everywhere...
In Das Elektronik Labyrinth, designer Reiner Knizia marries his facility for electronics in board games (e.g., Wer war's? and Die Insel) with Max J. Kobbert's long-running Labyrinth series of games from Ravensburger.
The basic game play is the same as in The aMAZEing Labyrinth. The board has a set of tiles fixed solidly onto it; the remaining tiles slide in and out of the rows created by the fixed tiles to make up the labyrinth. One tile stands outside the labyrinth, and on a player's turn, he takes this tile and slides it into a row, moving all the tiles and pushing one out the other side of the board, which becomes the piece for the next player to add to the maze.
After inserting the tile, the player may move his pawn. Each player starts on a corner of the game board and must reach the starting location diagonally opposite. If he manages to do so, he gains a number of magic stones. A player can also acquire magic stones from the inhabitants of the labyrinth. If a player lands on an inhabitant, it tells the players what item it desires. A player who finds the item, with items being scattered throughout the labyrinth, can deliver it to the inhabitant for a reward. What's more, an inhabitant may give a visiting player a treasure chest to be delivered to another inhabitant, also for a reward.
In order to complete his magic key and free the wizard, a player needs fifteen magic stones. The first player that returns to his starting location with a complete key wins.
The game comes with a "book" containing electronics. This book takes care of all the interactions with the inhabitants of the labyrinth. Whenever a player interacts with an inhabitant, he pushes the corresponding buttons from the book, and the book will respond by telling the player his assignment, reward, etc.
Max J Kobbert
Players: 2 - 4
Time: 20 minutes
Ages: 7 and up
Weight: 1,560 grams
Language Requirements: This is an international edition or domestic edition of an imported item. Manufacturer's rules are printed in multiple languages (including English). Game components are language-independent.
Average Rating: 4.4 in 8 reviews
Most reviews mention playing it with kids. Well, I don't have any, but still love the game.
The rules are simple, but gameplay can still be challenging. Add the extra tile to push a row of the maze, then move your piece as far as you can towards your goal. Plays equally well with two, three, or four players.
Game components are sturdy and well constructed. The artwork is also fun.
This game fits well as a bumper between more involved games like Settlers of Catan, LOTR Risk, or Carcasonne.
My whole family loves this game! I enjoy it as much as my kids, ages 4 and 11. We usually play a 'cooperative' version, where we have our cards face up and help one another find the objects. It is fun to see that we often have different ideas on getting through the maze to find the same object. The kids enjoy being able to physically shift the maze, rather than just passively moving a piece around a board. It's a whole new game board every time you play.
The rules are very simple, yet playing the game is not. This is a great game for expanding the logical thinking skills of kids, as you have to be able to think ahead several moves. I also appreciate the beauty and sturdiness of the wooden markers, the maze pieces and the board. They are all high quality. I highly recommend this game!
Maybe I've played this game only once, but I'm already a huge fan of it. It's too cool to be believed; it's got everything a board game needs: a creative idea for the game; easy to understand rules... it's also challenging, but fun to play at the same time. I would definitely recommend this for players of all ages.
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